So the Privy Council has quashed the Lundy conviction and ordered a retrial. I was always surprised that Lundy was found guilty to be honest. The physical evidence required never seemed to add up, like the speeds he would have needed to have traveled to and from the murder scene, and the time it took for the food to be digested in the stomachs of the deceased and the so called brain matter found on his shirt – I don’t know, I always felt a bit queasy about his conviction.
Lundy seemed like an unsympathetic fat guy who was crucified because he wasn’t particularly likable as opposed to being clearly guilty. The crowd love to vilify and bully fat people, and one who visited a prostitute was never going to win a charm award.
What the decision has put into stark relief is the role of the Privy Council as a final check and balance to our judicial system. With so many reputations and egos at stake by those who build careers off the backs of convictions like this moving up through the ranks, it is highly unlikely those involved in such convictions will allow them to be overturned later on down the track. The Privy Council was an external check and balance that didn’t care about reputations or egos, it cared about Justice.
I’ve always thought that losing the Privy Council in a small country where mates look after mates was always a back step as far as Justice was concerned.
Beyond Lundy’s claim of innocence and the technical checks and balances of our legal system, a lovely little girl and loving Mother were terribly murdered. If Lundy has suffered a miscarriage of justice, their deaths just became more terrible.